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in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department really are mourning right now everybody. chris stevens was someone that was well known to everybody. effects one of the most pop lash -- popular people of the foreign service. if you hear about one random person -- not to make light of their death, but one random person killed in a rocket attack, but this was someone that everyone in the state department knew. he was a very public figure, and right now everybody
days since our ambassador and three american heros were murdered by terrorists in benghazi. the obama white house is chajing their story again tonight. listen to what susan rice told the sunday shows two weeks ago, that a was five days after the attack. >> what happened in benghazi is in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had transpired hours before in cairo. >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude it was premeditated or preplanned. we don't see signs this was a coordinated, planned premeditated attack. in fact, what this began as is a spontaneous, not premeditated response in to what transpired in cairo. >> four days later, the white house and hillary clinton finally called it a terrorist attack. but it has sense come out within 24 hours, the white house, the state department and ambassador knew it was, in fact, in terrorist attack. moments ago the white house put out a statement defending rice saying she was reflecting the view of the government, based on intelligence. so this seems like a security breakdown of the worst kind and pre-election wh
cocktails. the protests follow tuesday night's storming of the was consulate in the libyan city of benghazi that left the u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three staffers dead. on wednesday, president obama vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the killings, which he said would not repeat ties between u.s. and libya. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. the world must stand at a to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so. this attack will not break the bonds between u.s. and libya. >> the obama administration has dispatched an elite group of marines to the libyan capital of tripoli and six u.s. warships toward the libyan coast in a bid to ramp up security of u.s. personnel. we'll have more on the protests throughout the middle east after the headlines. the response to the deadly attack in libya has entered the presidential campaign after republican nominee mitt romney is the tragedy to attack president obama. ho
was killed in benghazi. and all to conservative muslim group denied any involvement in the assault but said it rejected what it's all as the imposition of democracy in libya. -- what it saw as the imposition of democracy in libya. >> libya celebrating martyrs' day with guns. there are reminders everywhere of the sacrifices these people made to win their freedom. there are some here who refused to lay down their weapons. radical islamist groups say the fight for the villa is not over. they completely reject a western-style solution. >> we don't believe in the democratic system, even those countries pretend the are ruled by democracy, they know it is a mistake. we want to tell the whole world that the project of democracy is not for us and it does not suit islam. >> one group denies that they were responsible for the death of the american ambassador. they support the rights of muslims to protest against blasphemy. about 50 people were arrested in connection. it will not say who they are what the evidence is. a day confess that many of the perpetrators might have already left libya. for much o
.s. consulate in benghazi where as in egypt their new president took quite a while to issue any form of statement. and did so on facebook. remember his movement is tied in with muslim brotherhood as well. they had called, the muslim brotherhood called for a second and third day of protests against that anti-muslim video that set off the riots to begin with. >> interesting to note there were also demonstrations denouncing, by muslims in these countries, denouncing this kind of violence. >> particularly in libya. >> yes. >> yes. many because chris stevens loved the country and, loved helping them with the revolution and freeing them from gadhafi's reign. >> ambassador christopher stevens remembered as a model diplomat. his name and those of the three americans died in the attack will be etched on a wall at the state department. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. [ speaking foreign language ] >> my name is christopher
in benghazi libya where people killed our ambassador and three other americans. problems with the windows. the doors, the walls. coming up, you will see exactly why one security expert says that consulate was below standards. that's coming up as fox reports live tonight. [ laughing ] [ laughing ] [ laughing ] [ laughing ] ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serving the needs of americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help cover some of the expenses medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. to find out more, request your free decision guide. call or go online today. after all, when you're going the distance, it's nice to have the experience and com
assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya, and they escalated into a much more violent episode. >> nbc is live for us in benghazi, libya. let's talk about the u.s. officials who are on the ground now. how many of the suspects are in custody and are there any leads on other suspects? >> alex, we had the chance yesterday to speak to libya's president, head of the general national council here. he told us he did agree with ambassador rice on one point. he believes this was a sinister, preplanned attack. this was the hallmark of foreign militants who had come into libya to exploit the security vacuum here and planned a very specific attack against the united
was there was no significant demonstration going on outside that consulate area in benghazi. so she is making it sound if the extremists who were heavily armed came in and joined a ongoing big demonstration that got whipped into a frenzy and led to this attack. >> right. well, obviously there's still a lot of facts to be learned. we don't know everything yet but there is one group of people who are not at all confused by what happened and those are the people who attacked consulate and killed four americans. they know what they planned and what they did. even worse than that, as tragic as this is, is the signal that it is sending to al qaeda and terrorists and extremists all around the region, which is, that we did not have adequate security for our ambassador to libya. we didn't have adequate security for our embassy in cairo on september the 11th. and that official americans and private americans are vulnerable. tunisia is a good example. when they couldn't really take over the embassy they storm ad school across the street. they couldn't get the hard target. so they went after a soft target. i thin
said today we had no actual intelligence that an attack on our post in benghazi was planned or imminent. two questions, first of all, they said benghazi. they had some warning for egypt. what does the actual intelligence mean? >> when you are in a threatened environment and the ambassador goes outside the compound, especially in benghazi, that has been a source of recruiting for al-qaeda for some time, extra caution should have been taken. one should argue at a dangerous place on 9/11 he doesn't go out at all. but the tragedy that four people are dead, it doesn't matter what the excuse is beforehand, there was a massive failure here. >> let's go back to my earlier point. why do you need a warning when you are in a place where there are extremists that don't like americans, and whatever purpose and he was heartless in libya, it was so obvious people didn't want us here. islamic extremists don't want us there, they want their law. >> unless you think everyone is fine. and you think things are going well in the middle east. but if your notion is that the war on terrorism is over and we've
, that deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, where four americans died, evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. >> they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: much else remains unanswered or under dispute. was al qaeda involved? >> we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al qaeda. >> reporter: was the attack planned like the libyan government insists or was it spontaneous like u.s. intelligence officials believe? >> i just don't think that people come to protest equipped with rpgs and other heavy weapons. >> we are conducting interviews, gathering evidence, and trying to sort out the facts. >> reporter: as investigators sort out the facts, the families of those men killed are laying their loved ones to rest. scenes of sadness republican senator susan collins says could have been prevented had the consulate been better protected. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security. >> reporter: one of the many factors under evaluation as the u.s. tri
who died at the u.s. consulate in benghazi last week. the white house says it still does not know whether the attack was premeditated or sparked by an islam film made in the u.s.. we will have more on the reaction of religious extremists later on in this half hour. and a serious human rights groups report that 54 people have been killed in an air strike in syria -- >> serious human rights groups report that 54 people have been killed in an air strike in syria -- >> syrian human-rights groups. >> trade unions in india called a one-day strike on thursday and brought the country to a standstill with the message "no to walmart." >> the government has designed reforms aimed at extending the stagnating economy, including opening the market to foreign chains. >> they could begin moving in, posing a threat to the small shops that dot india's landscape. >> the shop has been run by the same family for 70 years. you can buy most essentials here and they deliver. small shops are typical in india where there are not many supermarkets. international supermarket chains are keen to open branches
about the three other american who is died in that consulate attack in benghazi this week, ambassador stevens, tie roan woods, glen doherty, and sean smith were all united in their affection for the middle east and the people there. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east when he served as a volunteer peace corps -- as a volunteer in the peace corps. he has been praised as a great friend of libya and served as liaison to the rebel who is overthrew dictator moammar gadhafi. tyrone woods became a navy s.e.a.l. after his mom suggested he join the military. he was also a paramedic and a registered nurse. his third child, kai, was born just a few months ago. and glen doherty was a ski instructor and raft guide in utah before becoming a navy s.e.a.l. he planned to leave the military after knee surgery in 2001, but that changed when the 9/11 attacks occurred. doherty also served on the advisory board of the military religious freedom foundation. in his ten-year career in the foreign service, sean smith was a computer expert, but he also had an alter ego in the virtual universe of com
, and gratitude. the large demonstrations condemning this lascivious crime in the city of van ghazi -- benghazi and other libyan cities is the true reflection of a feeling of the libyan people and its feelings toward violence and extremism. libya will never be home to extremist groups. we shall always be a peaceful moslem country, one of moderation -- peaceful muslim country, one of moderation. mr. president, the new libya will be a place of hospitality, transparency, enabling women and youth. it will be a libya by all and for all at the same time. it cannot fail to condemn the anti- islam campaign and those defaming his profit. -- prohet. such campaigns increase hatred and provocation and attention among civilizations. they go beyond the concept of free expression. this makes it necessary for the general assembly of the united nations to adopt a covenant in order to criminalize actions that are insulting of the symbols of all religions. and we, as muslims, believe fully in the unity of mankind, of the brotherhood of man, and we express our support for dialog between religions and cooperation,
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests. but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are a small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran, claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb. >> i think th
. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. and after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago, he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that th
, with benghazi, with so many dictators, they were supporting them because it suit at that time the strategic interests and the economic interests. so the point for me was to deal with this and to be very cautious with wording. i was not buying from the very beginning this perception, oh, it's the arab spring, these are revolutions. i started by saying let us be cautiously optimistic. something is happening which is great. and what is great is what i call in the book and in the title the awakening. and the awakening is the awakening of the arab mind and the intellectual revolution with people understanding, yes, it's possible to get rid of dictators, it's possible to change the country. this is irreversible. that cannot be chaingd. and this is something which is a legacy, a shift which is very promising for the now and for the future. now to speak about revolutions that are achieved and i don't know, i still don't know. so i don't know today if what is happening in egypt is an unfinished or an unachieved revolution. i don't know what is happening with what is happening in tunisia that we are,
on tuesday in the libyan city of benghazi, this according to a libyan official reported by reuters. it was not clear if the ambassador was in his car or the libyan consulate when the attack occurred. the libyan ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them. this is what a top official in benghazi has told reuters this morning, the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other embassy staff killed tuesday in a rocket attack. >>> meanwhile, the fed begins a two-day meeting today with a decision expected thursday, 12:30 p.m. eastern in. the wake of last week's disappointing u.s. jobs report, speculation has grown the fed might announce qe3 at this meeting. will include 2015 for the first time. ben bernanke will hold a news conference at 2:15 p.m. on thursday. you can see that right here on cnbc. meanwhile, still with us is the chief international economist at ing who has gone to new york, but is keeping european hours just for us. thanks for that. so your view, rob what is going to happen and how close a call is it? >> i don't think it's that close a call
consulate in benghazi, libya, september 11th which killed the ambassador chris stevens and three other americans was not premeditated but that it escalated out of control. >> as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons than, evolved from there. >> reporter: that sharply contradicts libyan officials who say the attack was organized. lama hassan, abc news, cairo. >>> the would-be teenage terrorist accused of trying to blow up a car bomb in downtown chicago appears in federal court today. fbi investigators say the teenager parked a jeep cherokee outside a bar friday night and walked away squeezing what he thought was the trigger. he was busted as part of an fbi sting. undercover agents say they gave him plenty of chances to abandon the plan. but say he was determined to go forward. >>> president obama and republican hopeful mitt romney hit the campaign trail again today. after a week largely focused on the latest violence in the middle east. expect an uptick in the war of word over everything from tr
city of benghazi. the u.s. ambassador was killed in the consulate attack. hundreds of egyptian riot police are guarding the embassy in cairo after last night's protest outside that compound. the protesters who are angry over a youtube film mocking islam actually swarmed the u.s. embassy in cairo overnight. at one point, dozens of demonstrators managed to climb the compound's perimeter wall. the protesters also tore down the embassy's american flag and burned it to denounce the internet movie. no u.s. embassy staff were injured in that attack. >>> now to the markets. we have a visitor from the cnbc trading pits with us onset this morning. michael girka is with us. what, are you on strike and had some time off, so you came back here to -- you're not a teacher, are you? >> i am not. never striking. >> what about that, first of all? when did you come into town? >> monday. >> so it hadn't really started yet. >> no. >> what do you do with 400,000 kids that have no place to go? >> there's going to be a lot of overtime police officers, i know that, working. >> so this is going to be expensi
criticized the white house, even as the details of the embassy attacks in cairo and both benghazi were still filtering out, apparent thumbs down from the public on that one. back to today's speech in los angeles, here is what we need to all keep in mind here, there has been a battle brewing within the comeny campaign as a result of the battle we expect to hear romney begin to offer, more specifics today, as to precisely what he would do as president. we expect he will start to tell us what he and mitt romney would do differently from president obama, at least that's what the romney team is saying. want to bring in jim acosta, he's with me now from the scene there of the romney speech in los angeles. checking my time, i'm thinking ten minutes if he's running on schedule. but let me turn the question on its head here, why has mitt romney not been offering lots of policy specifics up until now? was there a conscious decision to do that and if so, why? >> reporter: well, brooke, he's given a couple of explanations about why he's not offered a lot of specifics for his economic plan. i'll keep my
. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just tran spispired hours befor cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted, of course, by the video. >> most people don't bring rocket propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration. that was an act of terror. and for anyone to disagree with that fundamental fact, i think, is really ignoring the facts. >> libya's president says foreign extremists did plan the attack. but in egypt, officials say some protesters there actually got paid to participate. of course, events overseas have already changed the dialogue when it comes to the election here at home. until now, mitt romney's message has centered on the economy. with obama leading in the polls, republicans have seized on the embassy crisis to attack the president's leadership. >> all of us are watching events closely. but we know who america is dealing with in these attacks. they are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. and the least equivocation or mixed signal only
in benghazi. some military officials telling us they warned the u.s. about the growing threat of extremism as it does exist, especially in the eastern part of the country. as recently as three days before the attack took place. many of the ground right now questioning whether or not the u.s. grossly underestimated the threat level against it, all the while many also saying that it was the libyan government's possibility to a certain degree to have created more security around the compound itself. and so, many are saying that the blame lies with both sides. but at the end of the day this most certainly is not the path that those that launched the regime wanted to' the country move down. >> what are you seeing now? any protests? seeing any demonstrations? >> reporter: there was. we are hearing a candle lit vigil in front of the consulate itself carried out by children, women. libyans want the world to know that this act of violence against the u.s. is by no way, shape or form representative of the libyan mind-set as a whole. they're shocked and appalled of what took place and there's video t
east as yemeni protesters storm the embassy after the killing this benghazi. >> and to qe or not to qe. the central bank looks to provide a fresh boost to the u.s. economy. >>> and asian central banks holding pat ahead of that fed decision. a very good morning to you. news that yemeni protesters have stormed the complex of the u.s. embassy in the yemeni capital today. break test tors torched a number of dip low malt tick vehicles and security forces used water cannon and warning shots in a bid to drive them out. but protesters storming u.s. embassy compound in the yemeni capital. we'll keep up to speed with reaction to that. >> futures are pointed lower. but we are potentially going to see a marginally higher open. have to take fair value into account. nasdaq pointed lower by about five points. s&p 500 just barely in positive territory as of now. we'll see how they react as we get closer to the start of the u.s. trading session. of course all eyes on the federal reserve today. cnbc ftse global 300 just barely negative this morning. european markets, all major bourses pretty much in the
. some sort of international incident to thinks that might come out about benghazi, et cetera. i mean, six weeks is a very long time. we have 39 days to go. >> it's fascinating how much pressure seems to be on mitt romney including put by himself and his own camp on these debates. we haven't necessarily seen him perform well under pressure, when you go back to the press conference in the wake of the attacks you referenced. >> he had remember 20 debates during the primary season and the president of course as the incumbent had none. so debating is a more recently honed skill for mitt romney and he did do well in some of those debates. a lot of the later debates in particular. so it's fresh in his mind. it's a good nor matt for him. and he's getting a lot of rehearsal. and the obama side saying all the terrible things that the president could do for example fall getting on the stage or falling off the stage, he's not kennedy, he's not clinton, he's not reagan. >> we had a view expressed this way that it there are no real swing votes and it will come down to who with can mobilize t own v
, you know, just said the day before, we're going to cue the people in benghazi, and when gadhafi says i'm going to kill, he's going to kill. he was going to kill. what we have to do -- i work for a no-fly zone, but i wanted to be asked to do something, and i think that today in syria, it's very, very, very, very disappointed to see we're not doing anything. agree to disagree on this and let it to be the way it is with syria. i'm not saying we have to be passive, but we have to be respectful. we have to know with whom we -- we should not intervene only to protect our interests. in libya, it was quite clear this was a deal between the united states and france, and i think in syria, we have to care about the people who are being killed and not only about the interests, which i think is the case today. >> i'm a journalist from egypt visiting dc and returning back again to cover the dilemma between the polarization between islamists and civil or secular powers. you said that islam's in egypt say they want or seek for civil state, religious or islamic background, and this is not the case. do
fears for his life. following an investigation into the killings at the u.s. embassy in benghazi, there are reports of four people have been arrested. the libyan prime minister has said, expect more arrests. >> we'll keep an eye on it. thanks very much. >>> we're going to turn to the big economic news here at home. ben bernanke announcing dramatic new moves to shore up the economy. bianna golodryga with more on that. start out by explaining what the fed is doing. >> reporter: the fed announced an aggressive program to buy back about $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every, single month. what does that mean? you saw huge response in the stock market. your 401(k) is going to bounce because of that. interest rates remain low, near zero, through 2015. that will inspire people to go out and buy homes. anything to retrigger the economy of growth. >> and investing, as well. when i spoke to mitt romney, he's been critical of ben bernanke. he won't reappoint him if he is elected president. he says this won't work. and the fed has tried stimulus bere. >> reporter: they tried this t
oo the u-s consulate complex in benghazi on tuesday, pelting it with gunfire and rooket-propelled grenades. the siege ignited a fire, filling the safe room with smoke, and driving at least one person in it to the roof. in the end, four died, incluuing the u-s ambassadorr to libya, chrii stevens, who helped save bbnghazi during last year's revolution. he's the first u-s ambassador to be killed since 19-79. a life-long friend opened up about the loss. i lost someone whooactually unconditionally loved just about everybody. but i think what the world lost was a great diplomaa who was interested in peace and humanity and really understood the culture of the middle east. a senior staffer at the senate foreign relations committee was also among his friends. this was his cclling in life. he basscally said this is what he was meant to do. and he was willing to take the risk and it's so unfortunate that that risk finally overtooo him. it's tragic, but i think he died living out his life's mission. sean smith, a foreign service information management officer, was also killed. smith
in that deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. two former navy seals have been identified among the dead, glen doherty and tyrone woods provided security at the embassy. tensions remain high for a fourth straight day, as hundreds are expected to take to the streets today. the u.s. has condemned the violence and embassies around the world are on high alert. >> we are closely watching what is happening in yemen and elsewhere. and we certainly hope and expect that there will be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests into violence. >> the region is bracing for more protests following friday prayers today. in egypt more than 200 people have been injured in clashes so far with police. four protestors died in yemen yesterday when they stormed bas more demonstrations broke out in indonesia today, though it remained largely peaceful. the u.s. has stepped up security at embassies overseas and are warning americans to be on guard for more violence. allison? >> sherri, thank you. amid the violence and protest, pope benedict xvi is bringing a message of peace to the regi
organizations -- a ship from terrorist organizations towards a mob. we have seen it in bank as a -- benghazi where despite a large security presence, a u.s. ambassador was killed. this suggests we are moving into a world that will be more and more difficult to continue to depend on governments protecting our diplomats because the skit -- the investments required to deal with 400 people, they have huge implications for the number of embassies he can run. >> it will have to remain for the host government. this is an increased threat. that does not reducehe other threats -- the attempt on the life of our ambassador in benghazi. this does that mean other threats are being reduced. there is no way of avoiding the prime responsibility of being host nation. there are many circumstances in which host nations fully lived up to these responsibilities. what we are hearing about your is the exception to that. across the middle east, host nations often do an outstanding job in -- and their police forces often do a great job protecting foreign embassies. where they fall down than to that task, then we hav
used the world stage to declare. >> the attacks on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> reporter: his most expansive comments on what he called the crisis in the middle east. he invoked the memory of one fallen american. >> we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not by his killers. today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: to the world he offered a lesson in u.s. values. first, denouncing the insighting video. >> a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the muslim world. >> reporter: next, affirming america's embrace of all religions. >> we not only respect the freedom of religion, we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. >> reporter: then a lesson in tolerance and the freedom of expressi expression. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian and we do not ban bl
at the american consulate in benghazi, libya. our embassy was breached in cairo, egypt, with the flag being desecrated. unfortunately, the president's failed has reduced the army to the smallest size since 1929, reducing the navy to the smallest fleet since 1916 and reducing the air force to the smallest size since it was created. this endangers our national security and puts american families and our allies at risk. additionally, the president supports sequestration, has done nothing to halt the defense budget cuts which will limit the capabilities of our armed forces while destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs. american families deserve better. to continue to promote democracy and peace, we must implement president ronald reagan's approach of providing peace through strength. the bias of the coordinated disinformation of the liberal media is a disgrace to journalism. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island rise? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous
is stand back. for example, after the attack on the benghazi consulate that the right thing to do is you say nothing because when an american ambassador is killed, that probably indicates that some serious mistake happened. that's a good moment to say nothing and to wait for facts to emerge. this president has a record that is difficult to defend in a lot of respects. job creation, bad, economic growth, too slow. and his foreign policy initiative looks like it is going up in flames. that's the place where mitt romney should go. and of course president obama and his team wake up every morning and say how can we make today be about anything other than that? unfortunately so far they're doing pretty well. >> you know, i think this president has a tremendous record to go out there and tell the american people. stabilizing the economy, 30 months of consecutive job growth, bin laden dead, gadhafi gone, al qaeda weakened. look, we shouldn't run this election on the republican terms. nor should president obama have to respond every time mitt romney makes a mistake and try to prop him up. mitt ro
aing toed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks, where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran. claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear
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